I bought a roll of Ilford Pan100 a while back but waited some time before loading it. I wanted to save it for the right time. A nice slow black and white roll deserves something special. So I waited till the bright sunny days of summer. I got out my Canon A-1 with a handy 50mm 1:1.4 lens and loaded it up. I had a plan, ideas, and a focus. Completed the roll, drew the shades, closed the bathroom door and went to work. After developing it took over two months to finally get the negs scanned, and when I got them back, I was disappointed. Continue reading
- 35mm rangefinder
- Manual and shutter priority shooting modes
- Hot shoe and PC sync
- Shutter: leaf shutter, bulb, 1/8-1/500 sec
- Lens: 40mm f/2.8 Rikenon lens
- Meter: lens mounted CdS meter
- Strengths: compact and light, relatively fast lens, convenient controls
Last summer I was visiting home and happened across a garage sale. My eyes were instantly drawn to the words ‘Ilford’ plastered on a package of photographic paper. At this point I hadn’t been doing much with film, had yet to try developing my own film, and didn’t quite know when I would ever need photographic paper. But I bought it anyway, it was maybe five dollars, couldn’t hurt. The pack came with two rolls of H5+, very nice. But it would still be over six months before I use them.
This is my first batch of 120 that I’ve developed at home. I ran some HP5+ through my Yashica-D and shot at box speed. The only developer I have at home right now is Ilfosol 3. The Massive Dev Chart gave me a time of 6:30 with a 1+9 solution. Overall I’m impressed with the results. The contrast isn’t as strong as I was expecting, but more what I wanted. The grain was great. Just the right amount to add some texture but not so much to detract from the subject. I just developed some expired HP5+ 35mm film and am waiting for the scans to get back. I’ll be sure to post that soon to compare the results.
- 35mm SLR
- Manual, aperture priority, and programed automatic exposure modes
- Hot shoe
- Exposure compensation (±2)
- Horizontally-traveling cloth shutter, up to 1/1000sec
- Lenses: MD Rokkor-X 45mm 1:2, Tokina 35-70mm 1:4
- Accessories: extension tubes (12, 20, and 36mm)
I feel that all art consists one basic thing: a story (or a why). To tell this story you need three more basic things: a subject (what), technique (how), and style (how again). For an effective piece, each of these components should be the result of a conscious decision.
In photography the subject is usually pretty clear; it’s what you are taking a pictue of. The subject should be obvious when looking at a photo, but not every photo has a clear subject. That’s where many snapshots are lacking. When you casually snap a photo of a scene in front of you, your eye might know where to look, but the eye of an objective viewer may not. The subject may be where most of your story is. A clear focal point will draw the viewer in and put them into whatever story it is that you are trying to tell. How is that subject made more clear? Technique and style…
- Medium Format TLR
- Copal leaf shutter- bulb, 1 – 1/500 sec
- Taking lens- coated 3 element Yashikor 80mm f/3.5-22
- Focusing lens- Yashikor 80mm f/3.5
- Strengths: medium format, quiet operation, convenient adjustment and focusing
- Weaknesses: no meter, heavy, largest aperture is f3.5
- Quirks: it’s old and smells like a good used bookstore; dust, incense, and old paper
- This Yashica-D likes taking pictures people, lonely scenes, old cars
Lo-fi photography: expired film, toy cameras, plastic lenses, Holgas, Dianas, Lomos. The internet is riddled with lo-fi photography, and like all photography there is good and bad. My major issue with lo-fi photography is that so many people seem to be careless in taking pictures, relying on the vignetting, over-saturation, light leaks, and all the other imperfections, for all the interest in their photos. But in the same way that fashionable clothes won’t mask body odor and great presentation doesn’t make food taste any better, so low fidelity doesn’t make a photo good. Continue reading
Five minutes from home
What you need:
A camera (film or digital) and a stopwatch
What to do:
Stand at the front door of your building, home, or place of work. Start your timer and walk 1min in any direction away from your building. At 1 min pause the timer and take a photo. Take your time and try to get an interesting shot. Start your timer again and head out another minute. Do this five times so that you’ve documented a five minute path from your home.